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Political Speech in the Race for President
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The presidential election is less than a year away and a Supreme Court ruling could change the kinds of advertisements we see and hear in the days running up to an election. Also, some are questioning whether reporters need a law to protect them from being forced to reveal their sources. On this edition of Justice Talking: how the First Amendment affects political campaigns, blogs, corporations and journalists.

Parts of this program were taped in front of an audience at the annual convention of the National Communication Association.

Candidates on the Web
Host Margot Adler speaks with Andrew Rasiej about how presidential candidates use the Web to their advantage.

Andrew Rasiej is the co-founder of the cross-partisan blog techPresident, which covers how the 2008 presidential candidates are using the Web, and how content generated by voters is affecting the campaign. He is also the founder of the Personal Democracy Forum.

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Teaching Campaign Finance Law with Doritos
NPR’s Robert Smith reports on the brief presidential campaign of comedian Stephen Colbert.

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Debate: Who's Allowed to Pay for Campaign Ads?
Host Margot Adler discusses campaign finance reform and political advertising with lawyers Trevor Potter and Robert Bauer. This debate was recorded at the annual convention of the National Communication Association. (www.natcom.org).

Trevor Potter is a former F.E.C. commissioner and chairman; president of the Campaign Legal Center; and a lawyer with Caplin & Drysdale, where he leads the Political Activity Law Practice. He is also general counsel for the John McCain presidential campaign.

Robert Bauer is chair of the Political Law Group of Perkins Coie LLP and general counsel to the Obama for America campaign. He has written several books on campaign finance and is the author of the campaign finance-focused blog MoreSoftMoneyHardLaw.com.

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Do Journalists Need a Federal Shield Law?
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and professor Jack Doppelt discuss if reporters need federal legal protection from being forced to reveal their sources. This conversation was recorded at the National Communication Association convention. (www.natcom.org).

Patrick Fitzgerald is a U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. In 2003 he was named special counsel to investigate the alleged intentional disclosure of the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame and was the lead prosecutor in United States v. Libby, also known as the “Scooter Libby trial."

Jack Doppelt is a professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and a faculty associate at Northwestern's Institute for Policy Research. He is also editor and publisher of On the Docket, a website on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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